The Wisconsin YES! business plan contest is modeled after the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, giving middle- and high school students a chance to hone their entrepreneurial skills and develop ideas related to science and technology. It’s open to students in public and private schools as well as those who are home-schooled, with the option for individuals or teams to compete.

The first phase of the contest will require students to submit a 250-word summary through an online portal. Those selected to advance to the second phase will be tasked with drafting a longer executive summary for their business plan by late April.

The winning student or students will present their idea at the Tech Council’s Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in June.

“Levering technology, thinking creatively and working as a team are all important characteristics for today’s entrepreneurs,” Tech Council President Tom Still said in a release. “Entrepreneurial skills are vital to the long-term success of Wisconsin’s youth, as well as the state’s innovation economy.”

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